The Utilities sector (XLU) showed little movement while the S&P 500 gained 0.1% during trading today.
As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLU was up 1.8% over the last thirty trading days, and the S&P 500 climbed 4.7%.
Delta Natural Gas Company (DGAS) was a major loser in the sector, falling 5.5% (-$1.29) to close at $22.33 with 9,484 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $22.10 to $22.88.
Atlas Energy (ATLS) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 4.2%. The stock closed at $32.91 with 401,594 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $30.41 to $33.48. Over the last two months, shares have shown some positive movement as the price has climbed $2.88 (9.6%) from a price of $30.03 on June 11, 2012.
Williams Partners L.P (WPZ) fell 4.2% to close at $50.85, crossing its 50-day moving average of $53.01. Meanwhile, PAA Natural Gas Storage L.P (PNG) climbed 2% to close at $18.51, moving past its 200-day moving average of $18.29.
Black Hills (BKH) rose 2.3% to close at $31.39, approaching its 50-day moving average of $31.91. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $32.64.
MGE Energy (MGEE) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $49.93 to top the previous high of $49.
Crosstex Energy L.P (XTEX) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $13.52 to fall below the previous low of $14.01.